SECUNDUS, Janus (as: Jean SECOND); Les Baisers

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Newsletter 6 (September 8, 2010)  



- 22 varied items -  


1  (BALI). HOFKER, W.G. Bali. (12 four-color prints after sketches by W.G. Hofker). Amsterdam/ Batavia, Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij, (about 1939). 17 x 24 cm. 12 leaves with captioned cover paper and an introductory leaf. In large original envelope of brown decorative paper with the mark of the Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (KPM). Cover papers foxed, otherwise fine. 

€ 45

* Hofker (1902-1981) was famous because of his Balinese paintings. He lived on this Indonesian island for a long time. 

2  (BALI). LONG, Edward E. Bali, The Wonderland. Batavia, The Official Tourist Bureau, (about 1927). Original wrappers. 24 p. folded vertically to make a tourist folder. Illustrated. With a map. Tiny tears, small repair with tape at the end. 

€ 25

* Tourist guide with directions 'How to reach Bali', a text by Edward E. Long and some photos by a.o. P.J. van Baarda, A. Gertis, Satake and T. Soekawati. Printed in green on cream-colored art paper.

3  (BALI). ROSS, Colin Bali. Die Schönheit. 5tes Filmheft. Dresden, Verlag der Schönheit, (1925 or 1926). Original wrappers. 48 p. First edition. Cover a bit browned, lower cover corner slightly damaged. 

€ 25

* Unusual cover design and nice vignettes by Otto Sebaldt. Essay and many photographic pictures by Ross (and some photos by Gregor Krause).


4  BICYCLES The Bamboo Cycle Co., Limited. London, Bamboo Cycle Co., (1897). Advertising folder. Oblong 18 x 23 cm. 4 p. Entirely printed in blue. With two pictures of bikes and a technical illustration. Very good-fine condition. 

€ 45

* With list prices (varying between 15 and 33 guineas, the last price for a Light Roadster Tricycle). With positive reviews from The Wheeler, The Cycle, Sunday Times, Daily Graphic and several more. 'The Cycle for '97. The "Bamboo" is This Year's Favourite. The "Bamboo" is a Champion Hill Climber. You Can't Beat the Best!' Very rare, fascinating bicycle advertisement.


5  BOURDET, Edouard Signature on a card, dated (in another hand) 'New York, December 16 1926'. Oblong 9,0 x 11,2 cm. Verso has traces of glue and an inscription about the author.

€ 25

* Bourdet, author of the melodrama La Prisonnière, with a lesbian theme, visited New York when this drama was played with the title The Captive in the famous Empire Theater on Broadway from November 1926. On February 9, 1927 the theater was raided by the police because of its dangerous subject.  


6  BUSSY-RABUTIN, Roger de Épigrammes inédites traduites ou imitées de Martial. Et publiées d'après les manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Nationale avec un avant-propos et des notes par un bibliophile inconnu. Paris, E. Sansot, 1904. Original wrappers. 48 p. Printed in 499 numbered copies. Some slight creases. 

€ 45

* One of 20 numbered copies on Japanese, 'exemplaire de tête'. 

7  EGYPTIAN CIGARETTES Als Sie 17 - 18 Jahre alt waren.... (Advertising folder for Queen Cigarettes). [Frankfurt], Nestor Gianaclis, (about 1930). 4 p. Die cut crown with crescent moon on front cover. With three stylish and colorful advertisements in German with Egyptian symbols. 

€ 25

* Drawings by Max Bittrof (1890-1972). Nice sans-serif lettering. The Greek Nestor Gianaclis established a factory of Egyptian cigarettes in Cairo. In the 20th century several international branches were functioning.

8  GEORGES-ANQUETIL Satan conduit le bal. Roman pamphlétaire et philosophique des moeurs du temps. Paris, Les Éditions Georges-Anquetil, 1925. Illustrated wrappers with Satan triumphing over the world. 536, (8) p. Uncut. Vignettes. With 8 p. illustrated ads at the end. In very good condition (usually this book is rather worn).

€ 22

* This ‘novel’ comments on the decadence (homosexuality!) of the Twenties. Many citations from prominent persons.



9  HENNERT, Johann Friedrich Dissertation sur les moyens de donner la plus grande perfection possible aux lunettes, dont les objectifs sont composés de deux matières, qui a remporté le prix proposé par l'Académie Royale des Sciences et Belles-Lettres pour l'année 1771, adjugé en 1772. Berlin, Chr. Fr. Voss, 1773. 28 x 21 cm. Old marbled boards. (4), 58, (2) pp. Nice vignette on p. 3. First edition. Bookblock loosening a bit from covers. Some small notes and arithmetic scribbled (1800’s) on last endpapers. A bit browned. 

€ 100

* Technical essay mainly about lenses for telescopes, which sort of glass to use and how to grind and position them. Many mathematical formulas. Foreword about the Royal Academy prize. With a folding table (see picture). Hennert (1734-1813) was professor of philosophy and mathematics in Utrecht.


10  HIRSCHFELD, Magnus, (Ed.) Jahrbuch für sexuelle Zwischenstufen mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Homosexualität. Herausgegeben unter Mitwirkung namhafter Autoren im Namen des wissenschaftlich-humanitären Komitees. 6. Jahrgang. Leipzig, Max Spohr, 1904. Original cloth-backed boards. IV, 744 p. Illustrated. First edition. Binding a bit worn and loosening, first four pages loose. Two stamps and inscription in pencil. 

€ 220

* Sixth Yearbook of the voluminous scientific series about intermediate sexuality, mainly homosexuality, a real mine of information. In this volume among others the original version of 'The Uranian before the Church and the Holy Scripture' by Caspar Wirz, the result of very early statistical research by Magnus Hirschfeld of the percentage of homosexuals, medical research of 103 men with a uterus and of 58 menstruating hermaphrodites; the preliminary presentation of a model of sex differences by L.S.A.M. von Römer, an important article about the psyche of August von Platen by elusive scientist Ludwig Frey, and last but not least the almost 200 pages of the bibliography of publications about homosexuality in the year of Our Lord 1903.

Two bearded women:

11  KIRCHNER, Friedrich Buch der Freundschaft. Mit 53 Porträts. Halle (Saale), G. Schwetschke'scher Verlag, 1891. Original gilt cloth. VIII, 352 p. Wood-engraved portraits. First edition. Small waterstain at upper cover, a bit of wear along the edges and slight traces of use. 

€ 16

* An attractive book, with its tiny condition faults a child of its time, not a loveless modern reprint. This Victorian 'Book of Friendship' has recently been reproduced twice in the U.S.A., one even uglier than the other: it 'may have imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc.' according to one of the sellers. Argh! Book haters. I much prefer a few honorable stains to a poorly made new copy.

12  MAX KRAUSE (Paper factory) Der Kreis. Monatsschrift für die Fragen des Papierfaches.  Berlin, Max Krause, 1926-1930. 38 issues. 23 x 15,5 cm. Stapled. Illustrated. Some advertising leaflets. A few issues slightly damaged. One cover missing. 

€ 150

* Attractive and rare advertising magazine of paper factory Max Krause in Berlin, edited by Willy Adam. Many fine illustrations, vignettes and ads for a.o. Bettina, Seeadler, Die Gelbe and Puck paper. The text consists of expert essays, humor and entertainment. The factory's motto was "Schreibste mir, schreibste ihr, schreibste auf MK-Papier" ('Write to me, write to her, write on MK paper').

Includes 7 duplicates from 1927 and 1928.


13  P.E.N. Souper offert par la Ville de Stockholm. Signed Menu of the 18th International Congress of P.E.N. Association of Writers, 1946. A card, printed on both sides in grey. 15,0 x 10,0 cm. Dated in print '6 juin 1946'. Signed on recto by Prins Wilhelm and on verso by F.V. Toussaint van Boelaere, Desmond MacCarthy, Hermon Ould, Henri Membré, Denis Saurat and Carl Albert Andersson.  

€ 28

* Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland was the younger brother of king Gustav Adolf VI, Carl Albert Andersson was the chairman of the Stockholm City Council.


14  ROBERTI, Jacques Maisons de société. Choses vues. Paris, Arthème Fayard, 1927. Illustrated wrappers. 288 p. Uncut. Later edition. Slight wear, stamp of the Dutch Red Cross, and browning, but a very attractive book thanks to its art-deco cover. 

€ 20

* Fiction about prostitution. Fine depiction of a passion flower by P. Allier on front wrapper.


15  ROYCROFTERS - HUBBARD, Elbert Time and Chance. A Romance and a History: being the Story of the Life of a Man. East Aurora, NY, Roycrofters, 1899. 19,5 x 12 cm. Suede-backed boards with gilt title. (2), 298; (10), 288, numbered 299-582 (+ 4) pp. Uncut. With 3 photogravure illustrations: nice portraits of Ruth Crosby, Elbert Hubbard and John Brown. Attractively printed in red and black on laid paper. Boards a bit stained and slightly discoloured. First Edition. 

€ 55

* Fresh and lively novel about the abolitionist John Brown (1800-1859). With a humorous typed letter (printed Roycroft letterhead on yellow paper) tipped in, dated 'Nov. I, '99.': 'Thank you very much for the check. We have recorded your name in illumined colors on the Great Roster of Immortals, so the Philistine Magazine will now be sent you regularly for 99 years (but no longer).' Handsigned 'The Roycrofters'.


16  SECUNDUS, Janus (as: Jean SECOND) Baisers et élégies de Jean Second, avec le texte latin, accompagnés de plusieurs morceaux de Théocrite, d'Anacréon, de Guarini, et du Tasse, traduits en vers français, suivis de quelques Baisers inédits par P.-F. Tissot.  Paris, Fain & Debray, 1806. Full gilt treecalf with title ticket. (4), XXXII, 196 p. Very good condition. 

€ 125

* Very attractive little book.

17  SECUNDUS, Janus (as: Jean SECOND) Les Baisers. Traduction nouvelle par Victor Develay. Avec un frontispice de Charles Eisen et un portrait. Paris, Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1872. Three-quarter cloth with marbled boards and a title ticket. (2), 118 p. Printed on Chinese paper. Second impression. Original cover (containing the Eisen frontispice) bound in. Some foxing, especially on title page. 

€ 35

* The colophon mentions 25 numbered copies on Chinese paper and 25 on vergé. This copy has not been numbered. Attractive binding.


18  SPADDY Dévergondages. Bruxelles, Au dépens d'un amateur, 1948. Richly gilt three-quarter morocco. (2), 158 p. Uncut. With 16 colored lithographs of an explicit nature. One of 234 copies on Rives (total edition 250 exx.), but this copy not numbered. Some text pages inked irregularly. Part of original paper wrapper pasted on a blank.

€ 220

* Rather erotic French novel, published for the first time in 1937. According to some, this is one of the pseudonyms of Renée Dunan. Humorous illustrations. Fine binding. This Brussels edition not in Worldcat.


19  SWAN PENCIL Co. Catalogue 1934-1935. Brussels, Swan Pencil Co., 1934. Original wrappers. 12 p. With illustrations of pencils, erasers, thumbtacks and compasses. Tiny dent in front cover. Some pencil remarks. 

€ 25

* Catalogue in French with a small section in Dutch.

20  TAYLOR, George (= Adolf Hausrath) Antinous. Historischer Roman aus der römischen Kaiserzeit. Mit dem Bildniss des Antinous. Leipzig, S. Hirzel, 1883. 3/4 original gilt calf with marbled boards. VIII, 376 p. All edges and endpapers marbled. With copperengraving by A. Weger after a bust of Antinous (tissue paper and title foxed). First edition, fourth printing (first: 1881). Spine and edges slightly rubbed. 

€ 50

* The story of Antinous and Hadrian, written in an eloquent, almost effusive style, in its original, attractive binding.


21  (TYPO). STEIN, Gertrude The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Stockholm/ London, The Continental Book Company, (1947). Zephyr Books. Original wrappers. 256 p. Very good copy. 

€ 30

* With large typo on front cover and spine: AUTOBIOGRPHY.


22  ULLSTEIN Die gelben Ullstein Bücher für 1 Mark. (Publisher's advertising folder). Berlin, Ullstein Verlag, [1931]. 24 x 16 cm. 4 p. Nice illustration by "Ei". Slightly creased at the foot, but in very good condition. 

€ 15

* Prospect for the popular series of 'Gelbe Ullstein-Bücher', Yellow Ullstein Books, with a separate section of 23 'Kriminal-Romane' (detective novels) and 72 general Yellow Books. Last number of the series: # 122.


"Counting Rhyme: Schreibste mir, schreibste ihr, schreibste auf MK-Papier" (page 35 in Vol. 1929/2 of nr. 12 of this list)



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